The World’s End

In their third collaboration together after the awesome zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead” and the badass action movie spoof “Hot Fuzz”, writer-director Edgar Wright, writer-star Simon Pegg and co-star Nick Frost tackle sci-fi, though that is not obvious at first.

For a long while, we’re watching the straightforward, grounded, realistic story of a longtime fuckup (Pegg) who somehow convinces his four childhood friends (Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine) to try to complete a pub crawl they attempted 20-some years ago.

Five friends, 12 pubs, all in one night. Their goal is to finally reach the last pub, The World’s End. But eventually, it becomes to simply survive the night, as they discover that their hometown has been taken over by an alien force that has replaced the people with robots-who-aren’t-really-robots…  

This leads to a few big brawls and chases which are entertaining, if not that extraordinary. Likewise, I found Wright’s direction to be less dynamic and spectacular than what he has used us to, though I did enjoy the riffs on “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing”, among other things.

The best thing about “The World’s End” is probably the cast, starting with Pegg and Frost, who enjoyably trade places as far as who’s playing the wild and crazy guy and who’s playing the straight man. But I have to admit that while I liked the flick, I did feel a bit disappointed. Especially coming after “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, one of my absolute favourites of the last few years. Maybe my expectations were too high?